“Remember JoePa” Graphics Appear On Campus

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As I passed Willard on my way to class today, I spotted a black design spray-painted on the sidewalk. I did a double-take upon realizing that yes, the design depicts the most famous face in Penn State history.

The graphic, pictured right, contains a single word below the face of Joe Paterno, urging us to “remember.” As you can see, it’s a little smaller than my size 8.5 Nikes, but large enough to catch the eye of a passer-by.

Similar graphics also appeared near Carnegie Building and in a Bigler Hall elevator.

While we have yet to find out who spray-painted the graphics, one has to wonder about their motivation to make such a statement. Nobody will forget what Joe Paterno accomplished at Penn State University, regardless of where he stands now in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal. I have supported Coach Paterno’s contributions to Penn State like many other students, and I’m not sure the word “remember” fits here.

Did you see a “Remember JoePa” graphic somewhere on campus? Leave a comment telling us where!

Photo By: John Tecce
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John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.

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  1. Finnegan Bojangles on

    When I studied abroad in Germany, the university I was at was stenciled and graffiti’d all over the place concerning any political or domestic issue you could possibly imagine. The only time I’ve seen something similar in 5 years at Penn State is… about the firing of the football coach. Yes, I said it. Paterno was a great man and he contributed so much to the university, but the apathy the student body displays toward politics and current events is staggering.

  2. Finnegan Bojangles on

    The few exceptions I should add are anything THON related, and the reactions to the scandal back in November. But even with the scandal, student outcry died when we left for break. There was a discussion in one of my classes about the Board of Trustees’ handling of the situation and only one other student besides myself in a class of 30 had any sort of opinion on it.

  3. Or maybe most students dont have any balls and are afraid of being ostracized just like Franco Harris.

  4. or maybe they’d rather not rock the boat for no good reason. what good does student activism actually do? very little.

  5. Finnegan Bojangles on

    If the student body had demanded answers and accountability from the Board of Trustees with even a fraction of the enthusiasm and effort they put into THON, we might have gotten something out of it. As much as many people seem to think otherwise, including certain higher-ups, the core tenets of this university and every intstitution of higher learning is to educate young people and to prepare them for the real world. If we had opened the door just a crack and stuck a foot in right after the scandal broke, it could have paved the way for complete administrative reform.

  6. Finnegan Bojangles on

    If the student body had demanded answers and accountability from the Board of Trustees with even a fraction of the enthusiasm and effort they put into THON, we might have gotten something out of it. As much as many people seem to think otherwise, including certain higher-ups, the core tenets of this university and every intstitution of higher learning are to educate young people and to prepare them for the real world. If we had opened the door just a crack and stuck a foot in right after the scandal broke, it could have paved the way for complete administrative reform.

  7. Remember…what happens when you sit in a position of power.  You bear the responsibility for those under you.

  8. True. Though in this case Paterno (unjustly) bore the responsibility for the misdeeds of those above him.